My wife is a full time artist and wanted to try painting guitars, I like building things. You can see the results from 2 cheapo kits here: The official "Show your basses" thread part 19! This bass has replaced my ESP LTD B-50 for a couple of weeks now. In our regular jam session last night the guitar player really liked the sound... so I think I've done an adequate build even with the bottom of the line components. Success with the cheapos justifies dropping $ over at Warmoth (makes sense right?.. of course!). A main 'design' goal was to maximize art space on the body and minimize the hardware. The G4 body provided a nice shape for the planned art. MM in the 'sweet spot' clears some space between there and the neck. All black hardware should make it easier to blend with the art. The general art idea will be some sort of cross between a Lovecraftian 'Deep One' and an angler fish with the eye-stalk/lure going up over the 'horn' (is that what it's called). That's all the input I get or want, she'll take that and run with it. My goal for this build thread is to detail the process at a level which makes it easy for a beginner to get rolling. I'll also make observations on the quality of Warmoth products in comparison to the cheap kits as that's fresh in my mind. A cost/benefit look and a little info about the trade offs so that others can make informed decisions. While I wait for Warmoth (4-5 weeks!!! sheeesh), thought I'd get the ball rolling. Bear in mind that this thread will probably languish during paint, can't rush art however I'll hopefully be able to provide pictures as it progresses. Thanks for bearing with my long winded post. I'll post some pics and details of the components chosen when they arrive.